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France 3-2 England

France 3-2 England

Harry Kane's brace went in vain as France brushed aside Raphael Varane's video-assisted red card to claim a 3-2 victory over England in a high-octane friendly in Paris.

Ousmane Dembele's first global goal helped France defeat England 3-2 in an enthralling worldwide friendly at the Stade de France on Tuesday (13 June) night.

FRANCE and England fans put football rivalry to one side to honour the victims of the Manchester and London terror attacks with a touching display inside the Stade de France tonight. "We are very grateful to the French for offering us this tribute".

Despite being a man down, Mbappe hit the bar after a fine piece of skill in the box, before young Dortmund forward Dembele found the bottom left corner past sub goalkeeper Jack Butland from the right of the penalty area as England failed to make their numerical advantage count. Sometimes you have to keep adjusting, but good players are always going to test you, like France did today.

The Euro 2016 runners-up deserved their equaliser when it came midway through the first half as Barcelona defender Umtiti followed in to score after Tom Heaton had saved from a Giroud header.

Speaking after the match, Kane said: "Scoring twice in France should be enough".

As well as Kane and Alli, Spurs pair Eric Dier and Kyle Walker featured for England, while Lillywhite's goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, skippered the French.

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The visitors broke in behind the defence again moments later when debutant Kieran Trippier cushioned a volley into the path of Sterling, but the winger turned down the opportunity to go for goal himself and that allowed Varane to get back and intercept the attempted cross. Despite that, France look set to stick with Lloris.

Dembele was enjoying a growing influence on the game, though, and he was instrumental when France took the lead with only two minutes of the second half remaining. Dembele and Kylian Mbappe had chances to fire their country in front, but Didier Deschamps' men took the lead just before the interval thanks to another defender.

Hart was widely perceived to be at fault for the two free-kicks Scotland scored in Saturday's 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw, although Southgate was at pains to tell reporters that the Manchester City keeper wasn't being punished.

England's Kyle Walker in action with France's Thomas Lemar.

Despite looking sloppy at times, England played well in patches and got themselves level soon after the restart. He controls as England chase things that have just gone, tees up Dembele, and his low shot across goal gives him his first worldwide goal!

France were forced to play a man light for the vast majority of the second period following the dismissal of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane but conjured victory through an Ousmane Dembele victor 12 minutes from time.

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